Raw Food and Aging
Filed under Raw Food & Health by Frederic Patenaude
Can the raw food diet prevent aging? The surprising answer is: YES! However, it should not exactly be viewed as an anti-aging diet. Let’s take a look at how raw foods can help you in the aging process.
Weight Loss and Weight Management
The first way in which the raw food diet can help you as you get older has to do with weight management. The average person gains 1.5 pounds per year. When you’re thirty, the excess weight may be barely noticeable for most people. But 25 years later, you’re almost 40 pounds heavier!
That excess weight plays a big part in shortening your lifespan. Contrary to popular belief, skinny people DO live healthier and longer lives. The classic joke is “there is no such thing as an obese centenarian”.
In my experience, nothing will help you lose the weight as fast and in a healthier way as the raw food diet. This doesn’t mean you should go on a 100% raw food diet. But a properly designed raw food program (that you could follow for 30 days or longer) will give you amazing results.
The second way in which the raw food diet help you in the aging process is by bringing more nutrients to your body.
There’s a concept call “nutrient-density” which looks at foods not just for the caloric value but for their “nutrient-dense” value.
For example, 500 calories of whole wheat bread will bring very few nutrients to the body compared to 500 calories worth of apples or broccoli.
That’s because fruits and vegetables have the highest nutrient density of all foods (especially green vegetables).
So if a greater percentage of your diet comes from nutrient-rich foods (which can be evaluated in terms of nutrients per calorie), you will experience better health.
Having more nutrients available will help you tremendously in regards to the aging process. It will mean:
– Stronger bones - Healthier and stronger immune system - Healthier skin - Higher resistance to diseases
The raw food diet will also help you in the aging process because it is a low-toxin diet. Because you’re eating more raw foods that have not been exposed to heat, you’re:
– Eliminating most carcinogens (found in cooked meat, fried foods, and many cooked foods) - Eliminating other offenders (other toxins formed in the cooking process, such as acrylamide, found in carbohydrates cooked at high temperature )
Full of Anti-Oxidant
Raw foods are also the foods that are the richest in anti-oxidants, components that are proven to have a positive effect in preventing cancer and reducing the negative effects of the aging process.
Here are some of the richest raw foods in antioxidants:
So for all these reasons, we can say that including more raw foods in your diet will help you in aging.